Having grown up in the Mekong Delta, Doan Minh Sang is familiar with the environmental problems the vital water system is facing and is committed to addressing it. He therefore chose to study Environmental and Natural Resources Management at Can Tho University, graduating in January 2018, during which he developed a deeper understanding of biodiversity conservation, water governance, sustainable livelihoods and climate change adaptation in relation to the Mekong Delta. He has also demonstrated his commitment with his work for the Mekong Delta Youth, an organization seeking to educate and involve youth in addressing environmental issues affecting the delta; he manages the website, organizes seminars and training and arranges fieldtrips, as well as engaging in photography and film-making about the group’s activities. He has also been involved in building the “Young Scientists Network”, which educates young people on water governance, biodiversity and climate change topics.
He will use the JWHI grant to take a professional English in order to enhance his language abilities and therefore make him a more effective communicator on the international stage. He was also take a training course on Environment Impact Assessments (EIA), which would not only equip him with the technical and management skills to appraise his own development projects, but also enable him to evaluate government projects and identify potential environmental and social violations. Finally, he will take a course on Development at the Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment (iSEE), in which he will explore developmental issues from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, from theoretical subjects such as discourse, epistemology, human rights and justice, to arts subjects such as literature, film and music.